History is “what happened” — but as a History major, you’ll learn to think critically about those events, sort fact from myth, and understand what the past can teach us about building a better future.
You’ll develop employer-valued skills in analytical thinking, communication and working across cultures. Writing, teaching, law, museum curation, international business and diplomacy, and government all draw on the skills you’ll develop.
Take courses about the civil rights movement. Wars of the 20th century. Chinese history. Radicals and reformers. Intern with an Austin museum, archive or research library. You’ll learn critical and creative thinking and the importance of becoming an engaged citizen and making your voice heard. Whatever your career path, as a History major, you’ll understand the big picture.
What do our graduates do?
History majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.
- Archivist for the Texas State Archives and Library Commission
- City attorney
- Graduate student in the Master of Arts in Museum Studies at George Washington University
- English Teaching Assistant in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
- Law students at The University of Texas at Austin and Duke University
- Teach for America corps member
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Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Arts in History requires 37 hours of History major courses, which include introductory courses in U.S. and World history, and advanced courses in U.S., European, and World History. Through these courses students build skills that help prepare them for future interests in a broad range of career fields.
Electives: In addition to History classes, students complete 29 hours of elective courses in any area of study they choose. These courses do not have to relate to the History major.
General Education Requirements: The History degree requires 54 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.
View and download the full degree plan for our History major (PDF).
A few examples of courses students in this major take:
- Introduction to Historical Methods – This class is designed to introduce students to how historians think, argue, research and write. The course will engage in a shared research project which will vary by semester.
- Civil Rights and Social Wrongs – This course is a survey of post-WWII movements for Civil Rights in the United States. The course explores issues of power, race, gender, and class in U.S. society.
- Wars of the 20th Century – This course will investigate causes and consequences of conflict focusing on how people understood a particular conflict and how it impacted different populations.
Our Faculty and Student Support Services
I approach each class with a keen sense of responsibility and opportunity: the responsibility to provide a well-designed, informative course through which students can improve their analytical and writing skills, and the opportunity to introduce students to a broader perspective to see and interact with the world.
– Dan Glenn, Associate Professor of History
Together with students in class, I explore our history as we come to understand the human condition more fully, considering how our world is connected and the complexities of peoples and societies in the past. By thinking and writing critically and considering the perspectives of people in different times and places, students develop skills that prepare them for professional life in which they use the wide range of skills developed in the classroom.
– Christie Wilson, Professor of History
Student Support Services
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel:
- Academic counseling and advising
- Supplemental instruction and tutoring
- Career preparation and advising
- Writing Center consultation
- Health and wellness counseling
- Student disability support
Outside the Classroom
Students majoring in History can explore career paths and practical application of their studies through internships and interactions with the greater Austin community.
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is an Honors society for students with hours in History that is not limited only History majors.
Phi Alpha Theta Annual Meeting
The St Edward's University History Department hosts an annual Phi Alpha Theta meeting with guest lecturers, and featuring work of students and scholars in the field.
Our internship program acquaints students with the practical experience of engaging with the many opportunities available in Austin. Our students have recently interned with museums and agencies such as:
- Bob Bullock State History Museum
- Texas Military Forces Museum
- Texas State Cemetery
- Texas State Library & Archives Commission
- Texas State Historical Commission, Archeology Lab
About the Minor
Students who wish to broaden their knowledge of history are encouraged to pursue a minor in History. Take the
Introduction to Historical Methods class and 15 more hours of courses on topics of your choosing, 9 of which are upper division.
To get a History minor, students must complete 18 total hours of coursework.
Required Coursework (18 hours):
- Introduction to Historical Methods (required)
- Five History elective courses, with at least three upper-division courses